February 2019 Newsletter New CEO Aims to Reshape ARRL Objectives, Refocus ARRL HQ Structure A plan by ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to reshape and reorganize the management structure at ARRL Headquarters will go into effect on Monday, February 11. The ARRL Board of Directors endorsed the plan during its Annual Meeting on January 18 - 19. " As a business, ARRL is not just QST magazine, The Handbook, DXCC, or the VEC program. We can't allow ourselves to continue to think within those traditional parameters," he continued. "ARRL's businesses are not membership, publishing, and advertising. ARRL's businesses are value creation, value delivery, and advocacy. I plan to architect ARRL along those lines." The reorganization has three key components. The first major change is the creation of a management council (MC), a deliberative and generative body to discuss ideas, operations, and long-term planning for ARRL. The group's goal is to foster horizontal lines of communication within the organization. Direct horizontal lines of communications are much more efficient than "up, over, and down," Michel offered. MORE First Four State Fusion Net a Success – SE Kansas by Jeff Chancey, KAØEGE The first run of the Four States Fusion Net was a complete success and just in time before the winter thunderstorm heated up. We had 10 total stations on the net, 2 states represented. There were 6 different Fusion models used to talk on the FSFN this time. Most radios had their GPS turned on and we got good information from that and the mileage matched on both sides that were reported. The longest was WØHL Dennis who was 36.6 miles away in Nevada and he had a nice clean signal. The Closest to me was .6 miles N3LRH Leon and Matt KØVLL was mobile and started 1.8 miles and he reported when he stopped he was .4 miles from me. We did have KBØDXS from Racine MO ARRL CEO during a visit to W1AW. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]
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February 2019 Newsletter
New CEO Aims to Reshape ARRL Objectives, Refocus ARRL HQ Structure
A plan by ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to reshape and reorganize the managementstructure at ARRL Headquarters will go into effect on Monday, February 11. The ARRL Boardof Directors endorsed the plan during its Annual Meeting onJanuary 18 - 19. "
As a business, ARRL is not just QST magazine, TheHandbook, DXCC, or the VEC program. We can't allowourselves to continue to think within those traditionalparameters," he continued. "ARRL's businesses are notmembership, publishing, and advertising. ARRL's businessesare value creation, value delivery, and advocacy. I plan toarchitect ARRL along those lines."
The reorganization has three key components. The firstmajor change is the creation of a management council (MC),a deliberative and generative body to discuss ideas,operations, and long-term planning for ARRL. The group'sgoal is to foster horizontal lines of communication within theorganization. Direct horizontal lines of communications aremuch more efficient than "up, over, and down," Michel offered. MORE
First Four State Fusion Net a Success – SE Kansasby Jeff Chancey, KAØEGEThe first run of the Four States Fusion Net was a complete success and just in time before the winter thunderstorm heated up. We had 10 total stations on the net, 2 states represented. There were 6 different Fusion modelsused to talk on the FSFN this time.
Most radios had their GPS turned on and we gotgood information from that and the mileagematched on both sides that were reported. Thelongest was WØHL Dennis who was 36.6 miles awayin Nevada and he had a nice clean signal. TheClosest to me was .6 miles N3LRH Leon and MattKØVLL was mobile and started 1.8 miles and hereported when he stopped he was .4 miles from me. We did have KBØDXS from Racine MO
ARRL CEO during a visit to W1AW. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]
I will track this information when possible and report it here. Let's keep it rolling and be sure and to invite those operators you know using Fusion to join us. It will be awesome when we get our first actual all FOUR STATE check ins!
Here is a rundown of the checkins, radios and distance
(NC) KAØEGE Jeff FT1D WDØCFH Jack FT70dKØVLL Matt FTM-100 1.8 to .4 milesKEØCZR Milton FTM-100 25 miles SSEKØSMK Willis FTM-100 19.8 miles SN3LRH Leon FTM-100 .6 miles NNØSLT Steve FT70dWØHL Dennis FTM-400 36.6 miles NNEKBØPQP Tyler FT-991KBØDXS Brain FT-3200 https://www.sekarc.net/2019/02/first-four-states-fusion-net-awesome.html
Earth's Northern Pole is On the MoveEarth’s northern magnetic pole is moving quickly away from the Canadian Arctic towardSiberia. This movement has forcedNCEI’s scientists to update the WorldMagnetic Model (WMM) mid-cycle.
Typically, a new and updated version ofthe WMM is released every five years.With the last release in 2015, the nextversion is scheduled for release at theend of 2019. Due to unplannedvariations in the Arctic region, scientistshave released a new model to moreaccurately represent the change of themagnetic field between 2015 and now.
This out-of-cycle update before nextyear’s official release of WMM2020 willensure safe navigation for militaryapplications, commercial airlines, searchand rescue operations, and othersoperating around the North Pole.
Uses of the WMM
The military uses the WMM for underseaand aircraft navigation, parachutedeployment, and more. Other
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This map shows the location of the north magnetic pole(white star) and the magnetic declination (contour
interval 2 degrees) at the beginning of 2019. Courtesy of NOAA NCEI/CIRES.
governmental organizations, such as NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. ForestService, and many more use this technology for surveying and mapping, satellite/antennatracking, and air traffic management.
Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provideconsumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and GPS services.
Airport runways are perhaps the most visible example of a navigation aid updated to matchshifts in Earth’s magnetic field. Airports around the country use the data to give runwaysnumerical names, which pilots refer to on the ground.
“The declination has changed just over 2.5 degrees over the past 22 years since Denveropened,” Heath Montgomery, the international airport’s former spokesperson, said after thelast update.
Compasses use declination (the difference between true north and where your compasspoints) to help correct navigation systems for a wide variety of uses. As Earth's magnetic fieldevolves between the 5-year release schedule of the WMM, these predicted values can becomeoff as the rate of change in Earth's magnetic field evolves due to unpredictable flows inEarth’s core. The north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/world-magnetic-model-out-cycle-release
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Steve M. Hefley, WDØDTS
Steve M. Hefley, 71, of Pittsburg, passed away at 9:15 p.m.Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home with his wife and twochildren by his side.
He was born August 30, 1947 at home in Old Pattonsburg,Missouri, the son of Ora Marion and Wilma Irene (Musick)Hefley. He graduated from Paola High School in 1965 andlater from Pittsburg State University with a Master’s inElectronics Engineering Technology.
On June 4, 1966, he was united in marriage to Pat Moore atthe Assembly of God Church in Paola, Kansas. She survives atthe family home.
Mr. Hefley worked at Bendix Corp in Kansas City for fouryears, before moving back to Pittsburg. He was thenemployed as Professor in Electronics Engineering Technologyfor Pittsburg State University, where he continued teaching for 35 years.
Membership was held in the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg, where he served onthe Board and was also Finance Director. Steve was also a member of the AmericanSociety for Engineering Education and Instrument Society of America, and was an avid HammRadio Operator. Mr. Hefley and his wife, Pat, also enjoyed traveling.
In addition to his wife, Pat, he is survived by a daughter, Michelle Speak and her husband,Jeff of Parker, Colorado; a son, Bryan Hefley and his wife, Sherri of Salado, Texas; a sister,Carole Reese of Maryville, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Lyndi Shaw and her husband, Jon,Taran Speak, Kari Speak, Coen Hefley, Brennan Hefley, Lincoln Hefley, and Quentin Hefley;and two great grandchildren, Sofia and Titus Shaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (November 14) at First Church of theNazarene (PittNaz) with Pastor Kyle Rogers and Pastor Jim Sukraw co-officiating. Burial willfollow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. The familysuggests memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene. These may be left at or mailed tothe Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolencesonline at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the BrennerMortuary, Pittsburg, KS.
Betty M. Cummings, NØNVW
Betty M. Cummings, 78, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the St. Marys Manor.
She was born July 18, 1940 in Topeka the daughter of Oscar H. and Charlotte A. Hurla Bixby.She graduated from Rossville High School and lived in the Rossville community many yearsbefore moving to St. Marys.
She had worked at the Rossville Valley Manor several years. Betty was a member ofImmaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys, and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church whileliving in Rossville. She was an amateur radio operator (NØNVW).
Betty made many wonderful friends while living at St. Marys Manor.On November 26, 1960 she was united in marriage to Eric H. Hinterweger at Rossville. Hedied December 15, 1998. She later married Leonard L. Cummings on October 21, 2000 in St.Marys. He died March 6, 2018. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son,
Danny Hinterweger on August 16, 2016.
Survivors include two sons, Jim (Jan) Hinterweger, Lebo and Mike(Lisa) Hinterweger, Overbrook; step sons, Bob (Kathy) Cummings,Belvue, Tim Cummings, Wamego and Mike (Melissa) Cummings inFlorida; her daughter, Cindy (Kasey) Priddy, Silver Lake; stepdaughters, Lorye (Charlie) Armstrong, Wamego and Lisa (Aaron)Lyman, Topeka; sisters, Teresa Miller, Genevieve Jenssen and PatriciaBixby all of Rossville, 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday,January 17, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St.Marys. Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Betty will lie instate and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until the rosary at
7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home.
Betty M Cummings,NØNVW
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Manor Bus Fund or ImmaculateConception Catholic Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St.Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolence may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com. http://piperfuneralhome.com/obituaries/betty-m-cummings/
James Harvey Canaday, N6YR
James Harvey Canaday, 59, Lawrence, died Monday, January 21, 2018 at LMH Health. He wasborn Aug. 15, 1959 in Duncan, OK. the son of Robert Leon and Joanne Pearl Epler Canaday.Survivors include his mother and sister Rose (Frank) Murphy. Memorial service will be1:30pm. Sunday, January 27, North Lawrence Christian Church, 7th. and Elm.
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A Small Ham Radio Success StoryHam SpotlightWinterfest – A Success !The Parsons (Kansas) ARC ActivitiesNixa Amateur Radio Club (K0NXA)Rejuvenating Amateur Radio ClubsSix Meter ReportAnother Sporadic-E Opening Jan. 25Midwest Division ARRL Hamfests & ConventionsMidwest Division Special Event Stations
Thanks and 73's,ARRL Midwest Division Director: Roderick K Blocksome, K0DASk0das@arrl.org
So… it really WAS “a dark and stormy night”. It was the other evening, when I sat at my testbench – it’s in the basement, adjacent to two windows that look out over the back “yard” inthe foothills of Colorado. The wind was performing another frontal passage, with gustsaround 50-60+ mph, and I was re-reading an article from the latest ELECTRIC RADIOmagazine (shameless plug, here), when the static-crashes got a bit much, and I turned offthe TS-430S that I use as a “bench receiver”. The old girl is pretty tough to have survivedsince 1988, but I don’t want the front-end eaten. Sitting there in the glow of a single-bulblamp (yes, I use “light bulbs” because they don’t create their own noise!), I began to thinkabout my own “personal” discovery of radio as the night sky got illuminated with lightening’sfingers.
I think the first “tickle” had to be discovering that other band on my “city Grandparent’s”Stromberg-Carlson 410-T radio. I still have it to this day, and it still sounds as good as it didin 1939, when they brought it home from the Ray Beer’s store in Topeka, I suspect. See, lotsof “high end” radios in those days came with a short-wave band. The coverage varied bymanufacturer and model, but most covered from about the top of the AM broadcast band, toabout 12 mcs, or 6 mcs to 18 mcs or thereabouts (I’m using “mcs” instead of “mHz” here,due to the nature of the story – so there!). Anyway, I turned the “ring knob” behind thetuning knob, I’m quite sure, by accident, and all of a sudden, heard voices talking in foreignlanguages, weird buzzes and hetrodynes, and a sound that reminded me of a flight of B-17s(multiplex without a BFO), but the strangest were the two time signals (CHU & WWV) thatgave the time, but it was always off several hours and went up to 23 instead of the normal12!
There was strange music that most assuredly did NOT sound like the top-40, and at the verybottom of the dial, above 1700 kcs, I heard POLICE CALLS! Wow, that was pretty exciting fora 6 year-old boy. (In the early daze, Police radio used the area just above the AM broadcastband, up to the bottom of 160m, a lot of which was occupied by LORAN and other marinedirection-finding transmissions). It’s interesting to note that the Los Angeles PD was STILLtransmitting outbound transmissions on about 1760 kHz, up to the middle of the 1965 Wattsriots, when it was discovered that there were mimeographed leaflets being passed around theriot-area, on how to turn the oscillator screw in a handheld transistor radio, in order to HEARthe LAPD dispatches!!!!!! That’s when they switched to VHF. (I know – I was a NavyRadioman in San Diego at the time, and we listened to the LAPD during the whole thing,owing to them being on that LOW frequency)
So, I eventually figure out what Short Wave really is, and back home, using my folk’s RCAtable radio, I got into BCB (Broadcast Band) DXing. Nearly all of the kids I hung around withfrom elementary through high-school, did it at one time or another. It wasn’t only finding theusuals of KOMA in Oklahoma City, KAAY in Little Rock, or WLS Chicago, but also KNX in LA
(still on the air), and of course, the infamous Wolfman Jack on XERB and other stations, butstraining our ears to hear Canadian stations, or maybe some on the East and West coasts –you inadvertently learned about low-band propagation and long-wire antennas (as opposedto the finger-stop on a telephone, heating ducts in your house, or rain-gutters – yes, they allwork), and if you were fortunate enough to get your hands on a radio with ‘short wave’, youwere in hog heaven.
Crystal sets came later – looking through web pages on these, it astounds me as to howprolific they were, AND how many were sold, aside from those constructed by nerdy peoplelike myself. Many, were very sophisticated and quite sensitive, and in quiet homes withattentive listeners, the whole family could hear the sounds from GOOD headphones. MYcrystal sets however, were NOT sophisticated. They used Quaker Oats cereal boxes, wirefrom salvaged transformers, diked-out capacitors from junk radios, and in my earliest, acapacitor made out of ACTUAL tin-foil & wax paper, compressed between sheets of cardboardand held tightly together with rubber-bands… honest. My last ones used compound coils &amounted to a TRF (tuned radio frequency) receiver, which the old-timers know was beforethe superhetrodyne. Mom was already growing weary of “all those wires”, but heradmonitions of impending punishment and imminent doom, should I persist in my insidioushobby fell on deaf ears (my Dad always said there was a hollow-tube between them, with noconnection to the brain, whatsoever).
The author working at the bench in 1975 iat Burstein-Applebee's. Obvious the Navy haircut had long been forgotten.
It was about that time, that my Uncle Bill, a Navy aircraft mechanic and dabbler inelectronics, anointed me with a TUBE. He also gave me a SOCKET and a roll of enameledwire, with which to wind MORE coils for a 1-tube radio. NOW, we’re getting’ somewhere boys& girls. Of course, with the TUBE, came the one thing we’ve ALL discovered about ourhobby… COSTS. Suddenly, should I actually move into the exciting world of a radio with areal SPEAKER, I’d have to buy BATTERIES. Oh, and we ain’t talkin’ about some little 9vjobbie, or a handful of AA cells – NO, Red Ryder, we’re talking a big 6 volt one for thefilament, and an expensive 67½ volt baby for the plate voltage. As now, and in those daystoo, one bought a thing, not just for ONE purpose, but you had to be able to justify such apurchase for LOTS of stuff. Ultimately, I never built the 1-tube radio… honest. That’ssomething I have to fix some day, but that kind of bread for a plate-voltage battery was justnot in an 11 year-old’s budget. Still, I DID build the coil-set and all the other stuff, so I didmanage to get the experience of it… kind of.
BUT – this story isn’t about ME… well, so far it is, but it’s more about my friends and YOU… My buddies in JHS & HS were more financially fixed than me, and had Hallicrafters S-38s, S-40Bs, and National NC-57s and other cool stuff… heck, some even had Hammarlund receiversand factory-built transmitters. Over the years, we all see stuff in stores and other people’sshacks that “we just gotta’ have” but never quite get… but occasionally, we are in the rightplace at the right time, and we SCORE! Sort of like when I went to work for Burstein-Applebee’s Pro Industrial Division in late ’71 – in the late Spring of ’72, Ellis Eldred (ran theham-shack store up at 3199 Mercier) called me over… he was used to seeing me peruse his“cave of goodies”, and had a deal for me – he asked “what are you runnin these days?” Ireplied that I had a Central Electronics 20A exciter, a ‘458 VFO (ARC-5 with the CE conversionkit = a prettier box and a dial), and the 600L linear amp (should have called it the “600 Lb.”amp)… listening on a 1941 Hammarlund Super-Pro receiver. He shook his head and said“You bring all that stuff tomorrow, and I’ll trade you a brand new SWAN 500C with both power supplies, that a lady just traded in on an S-line” That was a screaming deal., as the500C Swan was less than 3 months old and would give me a MODERN rig that had everythingin ONE BOX… well, pretty much. At the time, I drove a ’65 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII sportscar (wish I still had it!), and it was NOT designed for fat girls or a ton of radios, but I got itall in there – the exhaust on a big Healey is pretty low anyway, and I scraped several times,driving down Southwest Blvd & up 31st. St. that morning. We unloaded my carful of “booty”,and I picked up the SWAN on my way home. Wow, and Ellis even gave me a new Astatic D-104 microphone to go with it (I still have it). Knowing him, he DID make a profit from allthat “boatanchor” stuff but I was thrilled – a “brand new radio” in essence, and no extramoney! I did buy a Calrad SWR meter (still have it on the restored SWAN 350 from myStepdad’s best buddy – WØRAS sk), and my friend Phil Glano (WØEAJ sk – the ORIGINALholder of my call) gave me a never-put-together HyGain 12AVS vertical with the new“slimline” trap kit upgrade. Note: I used and transported that antenna for some 16 years,until I gave it to my good friend Bob Brown (WØNQX - Dr. SmØke), who had it above “TheCaves” on 31st, until lightening turned it into melted aluminum, some years later… (Lee Ward– KØLW will remember that, too)
We have NEW radios, but we also keep OLD radios – they’re old friends… they’ve shared darknights and bright days with us. When life has occasionally turned a dark hand to our future,we can always turn on a radio and listen/talk to friends we may or may not know…. But the
sounds are still there. We have memories of conversations that occurred years before… ormaybe a signal that we heard long ago, stlll evokes memories of the first time we heardthem.
[ While at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center in San Diego, back in the early 60s, wehad a CW net on 4335 kcs – there was a commercial station on 4334 (PJC) in the NetherlandsAntilles / Curacao, and an RTTY signal up on 4337… many nights, I’d listen to those signals,and to this day, when I hear a faint RTTY signal, way up frequency, I’m transported back toNPL3, sitting in front of an RBC receiver and an Underwood “anvil model” typewriter ] Oldknobs and dials still have a familiar feel, like a favorite shirt. Oh, and it seems when weyearn for something we saw at HRO or Associated Radio, we can curiously talk ourselvesINTO having it, by looking at what we already have – depending on the mood and desire,we’ll be convinced TO buy it, or NOT to buy it – what a delicious ablity.
Yeah, I love to get, own, fix, play with, and have OLD stuff – most likely, ‘cause I could neverafford it as a kid or young man.. but now – Ahhhh, the magic has never left the crackling ofstatic in the headphones… the wiggle of a meter needle (or these days, a bargraph display),or picking up the coffee cup with that last lukewarm swallow in it, just as the net control says“Okay Tom, let’s hear that Valiant tell us what’s new on this dark and stormy night”
A portent of things to come… have arrived
KAR firstname.lastname@example.org The Kansas Amateur Radio email@example.com KAR
A drawing from a 1930s publication. Courtesy Tom Dailey, WØEAJ